Eco- Anxiety Cafés are back!

Hannah Bowey
Friday 28 January 2022

Think, listen and feel for the climate. University of St Andrews’ Rector’s Committee and Transition St Andrews have brought back their eco-anxiety cafés for students, staff and community members of St Andrews.

On Wednesday 2nd of February between 5-6pm GMT, staff, students and community members can attend the first in- person eco-anxiety café of the semester. These are designed to be a thinking and feeling space where attendees can freely talk about their worries over climate change.

Eco-anxiety is becoming an increasingly prevalent issue in the modern-day world, and can encompass emotions such as anxiety, stress, grief, depression, and denial associated with climate change.

Almost 200 students reported that they had experienced some level eco-anxiety during their time at the university in a poll undertaken at the start of 2021. 129 of these students felt that they were unable to do anything to alleviate their eco-anxiety, so clearly there is a need to create a safe space to discuss such emotions. We hope these cafés can be a regular way to support those struggling with eco-anxiety and promote better mental wellbeing. With expertise and inspiration drawn from Climate Psychology Alliance and Climate Conversations, attendees will be invited to engage in discussion and will be provided with continued support after the session if they feel that they need or would like it.

Anyone interested can join the café in Society Room D at the Union, KY16 9UZ.  All details can be found on the Facebook event page.

Please contact Heather, Rector’s Committee Climate Action Coordinator, at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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